Welcome to Pastxting

This is a collaboration between Steve Mills and Joseph Reeves of Cardiff University, and we hope very soon some others.

With Pastxting we aim to explore relationships between open access and past and present media with particular reference to their role in archaeology and cultural heritage. We understand media as a verb as much as a suite of technologies; they are fundamentally about doing.

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Brainstorming, digitaling, pastxting…

To find out more about the project, please read on.

Our premise is that there is no inherent media hierarchy – we do not consider any one medium to be the premium (academic) choice for the production and consumption of knowledge. Instead, we recognise that the various media play different, but complementary, roles and it is through their integration that we can effectively express a multiplicity of ideas about the past. We do, of course, embrace the irony that blogging begins with texting!

By media we mean many things, starting with the human body as the principal mode of expression. We include as media: wood, stone, clay, metal, structures and landscape (design), as well as video, sound, graphics, photography, mobile technologies (mobile phones), wikkis and blogs, podcasting and text. This list can of course be expanded.

We are interested in doing, the ing or verb part of Pastxting. In terms of the past this could be participating, interpreting, excavating, surveying, documenting, recording, directing, producing, consuming, supervising, presenting, disseminating, networking, understanding. In terms of digital media this could be creating, recording, saving, downloading, formating, uploading, blogging, collaborating. There are many ings that link the present with the past: in particular there is digitaling the past.